Come Play With Us · February 6-9, 2018 · Gainesville, Florida

We’re using human-centered design and the best of what science teaches us about behavior, learning and ideation to create a frank experience that will change you.

Everything you love is part of the game: social scientists whose insight makes us better at everything we do, thoughtful speakers in the intimate setting of the Hippodrome and connections with people like you who don’t settle for small change. You’ll have more time to apply, study and dissect ideas. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of the science of change.

Registration is open, and our best rates are available until November 30, 2017.

The frank gathering is a community of communications strategists, behavioral and social scientists, artists, funders, business leaders and advocates who connect evidence to action for on-the-ground impact.

 

Our 2018 Speakers:

  • Lizz Winstead
    Comedian, Author, Activist and host for frank2018

    Lizz Winstead has built her career hilariously responding to the world. As co-creator and head writer of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Winstead has forever changed the way people get their news. As co-founder of Air America Radio, she laid the foundation for such personalities as Al Franken and Marc Maron, all while hosting her own show called “Unfiltered”, sharing the mic every morning with the amazing Rachel Maddow and Hip Hop legend, Chuck D.  She continues to tour, bringing her rapid response brand of comedy to theatres across the country and in 2014, was initiated into the Harvard Lampoon.

    Winstead has now taken her satirical brilliance one step further, combining it with her passion for reproductive justice to form her latest passion project, Lady Parts Justice, a non profit organization made up of comedians, writers and technologists creating videos that use humor and outrage to expose sexist, anti choice local politicians in all 50 state legislatures while providing support to clinics around the country, working to remove the stigma around abortion.

    Winstead’s activism includes an ongoing comedy tour to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood and independent abortion providers and to date, she has raised over $7 million. The tour was turned into a documentary short called Smear Campaign, which won “Best Documentary Comedy Short” at the Atlanta Documentary Film Festival. Her advocacy work has been recognized by many reproductive rights organizations including NARAL Champion’s of Choice awards.

    In addition to performing and reproductive justice work, Winstead authored Lizz Free Or Die, a funny and touching book of personal essays, that Elle magazine called, “Sharply witty and iconoclastic”

    Lizz’s talents as a comedian and media visionary have been recognized by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly’s 100 most Creative People issue among other print media. Winstead continues to appear on Comedy Central, HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher and NPR, as well as her regular commentary on MSNBC

  • Duane Bray
    IDEO

    Duane Bray, partner at IDEO and global head of talent for the firm is passionate about workplace innovation, values and purpose and aligning business needs with individual passions.

    Duane has a long history at IDEO, joining in 1995 to lead and develop the discipline of interaction design, now one of the firm’s most sought-after capabilities. For years he led the firm’s digital business, working in San Francisco and London, and developing relationships across consumer software, mobile and tablet and web services.

    With a background in communication design and interaction design, Duane has led or contributed to scores of projects at IDEO, from digital products and services, to organizational strategies. His clients include American Express, BMW, Lincoln Center and United Airlines among many others.

    His work today in talent covers the spectrum from attracting talent to building cultures of learning to establishing best practices around benefits and policies. His work is both inwardly and outwardly focused, balancing IDEO’s talent strategy with advisement and consulting for clients.

    Prior to IDEO, Duane worked at Pentagram Design, where he established an interaction design practice in their San Francisco studio. Duane holds an MF from the University of Florida and was recently awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award as a prestigious alumnus. Duane counts bubblegum pop music and his customized Mini Cooper among his other passions and pursuits.

  • Erica Cizek
    Jack J. Valenti School of Communication

    Dr. Erica Ciszek is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Strategic Communication at the University of Houston’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. Her research and teaching focus on strategic communication, advocacy, and social justice. She is a New England native and prior to academia has worked in strategic analytics, market research and has contributed to LGBTQ publications. She is a scholar, activist, spouse and mom

  • Aaron Foley
    City of Detroit

    Aaron Foley is the chief storyteller for the City of Detroit, a newly appointed position created by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. As chief storyteller, Aaron manages a newly created news site, TheNeighborhoods.org, as well as executive produces video content for Channel 21, one of the City’s four cable channels — all with the goal of sharing stories of Detroiters across the city.

    Aaron is the editor of “The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook” (August 2017) and “How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass” (December 2015). Prior to joining the City of Detroit, Aaron was editor of BLAC Detroit Magazine and has freelanced for several national and local publications. He is a Detroit native and resident.

  • Tom Liacas
    NetChange Consulting

    Tom Liacas cut his teeth as a strategist pioneering distributed organizing tactics as global coordinator of Adbusters’ Buy Nothing Day in the late nineties. In the course of his career, he has also spent time in academia, earning an M.A. in Media Studies.

    During his years in the private sector, he co-founded a publicly-traded social media agency, developed patented software and led online stakeholder dialogue projects.

    For the last few years, he has come back to his principal passion –  helping social movements and causes gain traction through the application of new networked strategies. He now divides his time between his position as Senior Strategist at NetChange Consulting and as founder/chief tinkerer at Blueprints for Change, his pro-bono project.

  • Tina Rosenberg
    Solutions Journalism Network, New York Times

    Tina Rosenberg, a co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author.  She co-authors the “Fixes” column in the New York Times.  She is a former editorial writer for The New York Times and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.

    Her books include  Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America and The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism, which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.   She has written for dozens of magazines, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic.  She is the author, most recently, of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.

  • Eric Asche
    Truth Initiative

    Eric Asche, CMO of Truth Initiative, is credited with developing some of the most successful, life-saving public education campaigns in history. The truth brand is ubiquitous in pop culture and was named one of the top campaigns of the 21st Century by AdAge.

    Before joining Truth Initiative, he was at GSD&M in Austin, Texas. There, he worked on a portfolio of brands that included AT&T, Southwest Airlines and Rolling Stone.

    Prior to that, Eric was part of a business development team at a technology start-up during the dot-com boom…and bust. You can ask him about lessons learned over a beer.

    Eric is known as a creative leader and was named a top health influencer by PRWeek in 2016.  He is attached to campaigns that have won hundreds of industry awards over the years, and most importantly, have been credited with saving hundreds of thousands of young people from becoming addicted to cigarettes.

    He lives in DC with his wife and three small boys.  As such, he consumes copious amounts of coffee.

  • Ann Christiano
    Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications

    Ann Christiano is the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, where she is working to establish public interest communications as a discipline through which people use strategic communications to drive social change.

    She is developing an undergraduate and graduate-level curriculum, and directs the frank gathering, which brings together strategists, funders and scholars who work to build a better world. She also directs frank academy, a communications development program for scientists and changemakers.

    Before she joined UF, she was a senior communications officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she directed communications efforts for programs focused on improving mental health, advancing long term care, reducing violence and improving health for people in jail and prison.

  • Sarah Corbett
    Craftivist Collective

    Sarah Corbett is an award-winning campaigner. She grew up in a low-income area of the UK into an activist family and has worked as a professional for 10 years, most recently with Oxfam GB.

    She started doing craftivism (craft + activism) in 2008 as a reaction to traditional aggressive or quick forms of activism. Due to demand Sarah set up the global and award-winning Craftivist Collective in 2009 which now has thousands of supporters across the world taking part in her craftivism projects. Corbett is one of the leading spokespeople in the craftivism movement (with media across the world including French TV & Italian TV) contributing to books and regularly gives talks & lectures around the world including Bauhaus University and Beckmans in Stockholm.

    Sarah works with art institutions such as V&A & Tate as well as a consultant for charities such as Save the Children & Unicef. She has collaborated with cult jewellers Tatty Devine & Secret Cinema amongst others. Sarah also sells products & exhibits her own craftivism work around the world. Her book “A Little Book of Craftivism’” was released October 2013. Her book “How To Be A Craftivist: the art of gentle protest” was released October 2017.

  • Andy Goodman
    The Goodman Center

    Andy Goodman is co-founder and director of The Goodman Center, which teaches communications and marketing professionals how to reach more people with more impact. Along with Storytelling as Best Practice, he is author of Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes. He also publishes a monthly journal, free-range thinking, to share best practices in the field of public interest communications.

    Andy is internationally known for his speeches and workshops on storytelling and has led over 500 trainings for clients including CARE, The Nature Conservancy, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, NOAA, the San Diego Zoo, MIT, Princeton, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, GE, Bank of America, and many others.

    He has designed communications curriculum for the College for Social Innovation in Boston as well as for the African Leadership University in Mauritius. When not teaching, traveling, or recovering from teaching and traveling, Andy serves on the board of directors of Imagine LA, a nonprofit working to end family homelessness in Los Angeles.

  • Tania Mejia
    Jolt

    Tania Mejia is Communication Director at Jolt, a Texas-based nonprofit working to increase Latino civic engagement. Tania oversees earned media and digital strategies to spur young people to action.

    Previously, Tania worked as State Deputy Digital Director for Hillary for America in Florida. Tania helped build the state’s digital team and oversaw the SMS program, reaching almost 3,000 million voters. She also managed a digital organizing training program for 700 field organizers.

    In 2015, Tania served as Deputy Press Secretary for the U.S. General Services Administration. In this role, Tania was responsible for developing and executing communications strategies for the agency’s technology portfolio. She was also responsible for managing the agency’s digital communications program.

    Prior to joining the U.S. General Services, Tania served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor. She helped plan and execute communications campaigns to support White House priorities including raising the minimum wage, modernizing overtime pay rules and promoting paid leave in the workplace. She also served as on-the-record spokesperson for paid leave and LGBT labor issues for national news outlets.

  • Lizz Winstead
    Comedian, Author, Activist and host for frank2018

    Lizz Winstead has built her career hilariously responding to the world. As co-creator and head writer of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Winstead has forever changed the way people get their news. As co-founder of Air America Radio, she laid the foundation for such personalities as Al Franken and Marc Maron, all while hosting her own show called “Unfiltered”, sharing the mic every morning with the amazing Rachel Maddow and Hip Hop legend, Chuck D.  She continues to tour, bringing her rapid response brand of comedy to theatres across the country and in 2014, was initiated into the Harvard Lampoon.

    Winstead has now taken her satirical brilliance one step further, combining it with her passion for reproductive justice to form her latest passion project, Lady Parts Justice, a non profit organization made up of comedians, writers and technologists creating videos that use humor and outrage to expose sexist, anti choice local politicians in all 50 state legislatures while providing support to clinics around the country, working to remove the stigma around abortion.

    Winstead’s activism includes an ongoing comedy tour to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood and independent abortion providers and to date, she has raised over $7 million. The tour was turned into a documentary short called Smear Campaign, which won “Best Documentary Comedy Short” at the Atlanta Documentary Film Festival. Her advocacy work has been recognized by many reproductive rights organizations including NARAL Champion’s of Choice awards.

    In addition to performing and reproductive justice work, Winstead authored Lizz Free Or Die, a funny and touching book of personal essays, that Elle magazine called, “Sharply witty and iconoclastic”

    Lizz’s talents as a comedian and media visionary have been recognized by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly’s 100 most Creative People issue among other print media. Winstead continues to appear on Comedy Central, HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher and NPR, as well as her regular commentary on MSNBC

  • Duane Bray
    IDEO

    Duane Bray, partner at IDEO and global head of talent for the firm is passionate about workplace innovation, values and purpose and aligning business needs with individual passions.

    Duane has a long history at IDEO, joining in 1995 to lead and develop the discipline of interaction design, now one of the firm’s most sought-after capabilities. For years he led the firm’s digital business, working in San Francisco and London, and developing relationships across consumer software, mobile and tablet and web services.

    With a background in communication design and interaction design, Duane has led or contributed to scores of projects at IDEO, from digital products and services, to organizational strategies. His clients include American Express, BMW, Lincoln Center and United Airlines among many others.

    His work today in talent covers the spectrum from attracting talent to building cultures of learning to establishing best practices around benefits and policies. His work is both inwardly and outwardly focused, balancing IDEO’s talent strategy with advisement and consulting for clients.

    Prior to IDEO, Duane worked at Pentagram Design, where he established an interaction design practice in their San Francisco studio. Duane holds an MF from the University of Florida and was recently awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award as a prestigious alumnus. Duane counts bubblegum pop music and his customized Mini Cooper among his other passions and pursuits.

  • Erica Cizek
    Jack J. Valenti School of Communication

    Dr. Erica Ciszek is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Strategic Communication at the University of Houston’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. Her research and teaching focus on strategic communication, advocacy, and social justice. She is a New England native and prior to academia has worked in strategic analytics, market research and has contributed to LGBTQ publications. She is a scholar, activist, spouse and mom

  • Aaron Foley
    City of Detroit

    Aaron Foley is the chief storyteller for the City of Detroit, a newly appointed position created by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. As chief storyteller, Aaron manages a newly created news site, TheNeighborhoods.org, as well as executive produces video content for Channel 21, one of the City’s four cable channels — all with the goal of sharing stories of Detroiters across the city.

    Aaron is the editor of “The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook” (August 2017) and “How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass” (December 2015). Prior to joining the City of Detroit, Aaron was editor of BLAC Detroit Magazine and has freelanced for several national and local publications. He is a Detroit native and resident.

  • Tom Liacas
    NetChange Consulting

    Tom Liacas cut his teeth as a strategist pioneering distributed organizing tactics as global coordinator of Adbusters’ Buy Nothing Day in the late nineties. In the course of his career, he has also spent time in academia, earning an M.A. in Media Studies.

    During his years in the private sector, he co-founded a publicly-traded social media agency, developed patented software and led online stakeholder dialogue projects.

    For the last few years, he has come back to his principal passion –  helping social movements and causes gain traction through the application of new networked strategies. He now divides his time between his position as Senior Strategist at NetChange Consulting and as founder/chief tinkerer at Blueprints for Change, his pro-bono project.

  • Tina Rosenberg
    Solutions Journalism Network, New York Times

    Tina Rosenberg, a co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author.  She co-authors the “Fixes” column in the New York Times.  She is a former editorial writer for The New York Times and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.

    Her books include  Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America and The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism, which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.   She has written for dozens of magazines, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic.  She is the author, most recently, of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.

  • Eric Asche
    Truth Initiative

    Eric Asche, CMO of Truth Initiative, is credited with developing some of the most successful, life-saving public education campaigns in history. The truth brand is ubiquitous in pop culture and was named one of the top campaigns of the 21st Century by AdAge.

    Before joining Truth Initiative, he was at GSD&M in Austin, Texas. There, he worked on a portfolio of brands that included AT&T, Southwest Airlines and Rolling Stone.

    Prior to that, Eric was part of a business development team at a technology start-up during the dot-com boom…and bust. You can ask him about lessons learned over a beer.

    Eric is known as a creative leader and was named a top health influencer by PRWeek in 2016.  He is attached to campaigns that have won hundreds of industry awards over the years, and most importantly, have been credited with saving hundreds of thousands of young people from becoming addicted to cigarettes.

    He lives in DC with his wife and three small boys.  As such, he consumes copious amounts of coffee.

  • Ann Christiano
    Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications

    Ann Christiano is the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, where she is working to establish public interest communications as a discipline through which people use strategic communications to drive social change.

    She is developing an undergraduate and graduate-level curriculum, and directs the frank gathering, which brings together strategists, funders and scholars who work to build a better world. She also directs frank academy, a communications development program for scientists and changemakers.

    Before she joined UF, she was a senior communications officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she directed communications efforts for programs focused on improving mental health, advancing long term care, reducing violence and improving health for people in jail and prison.

  • Sarah Corbett
    Craftivist Collective

    Sarah Corbett is an award-winning campaigner. She grew up in a low-income area of the UK into an activist family and has worked as a professional for 10 years, most recently with Oxfam GB.

    She started doing craftivism (craft + activism) in 2008 as a reaction to traditional aggressive or quick forms of activism. Due to demand Sarah set up the global and award-winning Craftivist Collective in 2009 which now has thousands of supporters across the world taking part in her craftivism projects. Corbett is one of the leading spokespeople in the craftivism movement (with media across the world including French TV & Italian TV) contributing to books and regularly gives talks & lectures around the world including Bauhaus University and Beckmans in Stockholm.

    Sarah works with art institutions such as V&A & Tate as well as a consultant for charities such as Save the Children & Unicef. She has collaborated with cult jewellers Tatty Devine & Secret Cinema amongst others. Sarah also sells products & exhibits her own craftivism work around the world. Her book “A Little Book of Craftivism’” was released October 2013. Her book “How To Be A Craftivist: the art of gentle protest” was released October 2017.

  • Andy Goodman
    The Goodman Center

    Andy Goodman is co-founder and director of The Goodman Center, which teaches communications and marketing professionals how to reach more people with more impact. Along with Storytelling as Best Practice, he is author of Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes. He also publishes a monthly journal, free-range thinking, to share best practices in the field of public interest communications.

    Andy is internationally known for his speeches and workshops on storytelling and has led over 500 trainings for clients including CARE, The Nature Conservancy, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, NOAA, the San Diego Zoo, MIT, Princeton, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, GE, Bank of America, and many others.

    He has designed communications curriculum for the College for Social Innovation in Boston as well as for the African Leadership University in Mauritius. When not teaching, traveling, or recovering from teaching and traveling, Andy serves on the board of directors of Imagine LA, a nonprofit working to end family homelessness in Los Angeles.

  • Tania Mejia
    Jolt

    Tania Mejia is Communication Director at Jolt, a Texas-based nonprofit working to increase Latino civic engagement. Tania oversees earned media and digital strategies to spur young people to action.

    Previously, Tania worked as State Deputy Digital Director for Hillary for America in Florida. Tania helped build the state’s digital team and oversaw the SMS program, reaching almost 3,000 million voters. She also managed a digital organizing training program for 700 field organizers.

    In 2015, Tania served as Deputy Press Secretary for the U.S. General Services Administration. In this role, Tania was responsible for developing and executing communications strategies for the agency’s technology portfolio. She was also responsible for managing the agency’s digital communications program.

    Prior to joining the U.S. General Services, Tania served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor. She helped plan and execute communications campaigns to support White House priorities including raising the minimum wage, modernizing overtime pay rules and promoting paid leave in the workplace. She also served as on-the-record spokesperson for paid leave and LGBT labor issues for national news outlets.

  • Lizz Winstead
    Comedian, Author, Activist and host for frank2018

    Lizz Winstead has built her career hilariously responding to the world. As co-creator and head writer of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Winstead has forever changed the way people get their news. As co-founder of Air America Radio, she laid the foundation for such personalities as Al Franken and Marc Maron, all while hosting her own show called “Unfiltered”, sharing the mic every morning with the amazing Rachel Maddow and Hip Hop legend, Chuck D.  She continues to tour, bringing her rapid response brand of comedy to theatres across the country and in 2014, was initiated into the Harvard Lampoon.

    Winstead has now taken her satirical brilliance one step further, combining it with her passion for reproductive justice to form her latest passion project, Lady Parts Justice, a non profit organization made up of comedians, writers and technologists creating videos that use humor and outrage to expose sexist, anti choice local politicians in all 50 state legislatures while providing support to clinics around the country, working to remove the stigma around abortion.

    Winstead’s activism includes an ongoing comedy tour to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood and independent abortion providers and to date, she has raised over $7 million. The tour was turned into a documentary short called Smear Campaign, which won “Best Documentary Comedy Short” at the Atlanta Documentary Film Festival. Her advocacy work has been recognized by many reproductive rights organizations including NARAL Champion’s of Choice awards.

    In addition to performing and reproductive justice work, Winstead authored Lizz Free Or Die, a funny and touching book of personal essays, that Elle magazine called, “Sharply witty and iconoclastic”

    Lizz’s talents as a comedian and media visionary have been recognized by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly’s 100 most Creative People issue among other print media. Winstead continues to appear on Comedy Central, HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher and NPR, as well as her regular commentary on MSNBC

  • Duane Bray
    IDEO

    Duane Bray, partner at IDEO and global head of talent for the firm is passionate about workplace innovation, values and purpose and aligning business needs with individual passions.

    Duane has a long history at IDEO, joining in 1995 to lead and develop the discipline of interaction design, now one of the firm’s most sought-after capabilities. For years he led the firm’s digital business, working in San Francisco and London, and developing relationships across consumer software, mobile and tablet and web services.

    With a background in communication design and interaction design, Duane has led or contributed to scores of projects at IDEO, from digital products and services, to organizational strategies. His clients include American Express, BMW, Lincoln Center and United Airlines among many others.

    His work today in talent covers the spectrum from attracting talent to building cultures of learning to establishing best practices around benefits and policies. His work is both inwardly and outwardly focused, balancing IDEO’s talent strategy with advisement and consulting for clients.

    Prior to IDEO, Duane worked at Pentagram Design, where he established an interaction design practice in their San Francisco studio. Duane holds an MF from the University of Florida and was recently awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award as a prestigious alumnus. Duane counts bubblegum pop music and his customized Mini Cooper among his other passions and pursuits.

  • Erica Cizek
    Jack J. Valenti School of Communication

    Dr. Erica Ciszek is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Strategic Communication at the University of Houston’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. Her research and teaching focus on strategic communication, advocacy, and social justice. She is a New England native and prior to academia has worked in strategic analytics, market research and has contributed to LGBTQ publications. She is a scholar, activist, spouse and mom

  • Aaron Foley
    City of Detroit

    Aaron Foley is the chief storyteller for the City of Detroit, a newly appointed position created by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. As chief storyteller, Aaron manages a newly created news site, TheNeighborhoods.org, as well as executive produces video content for Channel 21, one of the City’s four cable channels — all with the goal of sharing stories of Detroiters across the city.

    Aaron is the editor of “The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook” (August 2017) and “How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass” (December 2015). Prior to joining the City of Detroit, Aaron was editor of BLAC Detroit Magazine and has freelanced for several national and local publications. He is a Detroit native and resident.

  • Tom Liacas
    NetChange Consulting

    Tom Liacas cut his teeth as a strategist pioneering distributed organizing tactics as global coordinator of Adbusters’ Buy Nothing Day in the late nineties. In the course of his career, he has also spent time in academia, earning an M.A. in Media Studies.

    During his years in the private sector, he co-founded a publicly-traded social media agency, developed patented software and led online stakeholder dialogue projects.

    For the last few years, he has come back to his principal passion –  helping social movements and causes gain traction through the application of new networked strategies. He now divides his time between his position as Senior Strategist at NetChange Consulting and as founder/chief tinkerer at Blueprints for Change, his pro-bono project.

  • Tina Rosenberg
    Solutions Journalism Network, New York Times

    Tina Rosenberg, a co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author.  She co-authors the “Fixes” column in the New York Times.  She is a former editorial writer for The New York Times and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.

    Her books include  Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America and The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism, which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.   She has written for dozens of magazines, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic.  She is the author, most recently, of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.

  • Eric Asche
    Truth Initiative

    Eric Asche, CMO of Truth Initiative, is credited with developing some of the most successful, life-saving public education campaigns in history. The truth brand is ubiquitous in pop culture and was named one of the top campaigns of the 21st Century by AdAge.

    Before joining Truth Initiative, he was at GSD&M in Austin, Texas. There, he worked on a portfolio of brands that included AT&T, Southwest Airlines and Rolling Stone.

    Prior to that, Eric was part of a business development team at a technology start-up during the dot-com boom…and bust. You can ask him about lessons learned over a beer.

    Eric is known as a creative leader and was named a top health influencer by PRWeek in 2016.  He is attached to campaigns that have won hundreds of industry awards over the years, and most importantly, have been credited with saving hundreds of thousands of young people from becoming addicted to cigarettes.

    He lives in DC with his wife and three small boys.  As such, he consumes copious amounts of coffee.

  • Ann Christiano
    Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications

    Ann Christiano is the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, where she is working to establish public interest communications as a discipline through which people use strategic communications to drive social change.

    She is developing an undergraduate and graduate-level curriculum, and directs the frank gathering, which brings together strategists, funders and scholars who work to build a better world. She also directs frank academy, a communications development program for scientists and changemakers.

    Before she joined UF, she was a senior communications officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she directed communications efforts for programs focused on improving mental health, advancing long term care, reducing violence and improving health for people in jail and prison.

  • Sarah Corbett
    Craftivist Collective

    Sarah Corbett is an award-winning campaigner. She grew up in a low-income area of the UK into an activist family and has worked as a professional for 10 years, most recently with Oxfam GB.

    She started doing craftivism (craft + activism) in 2008 as a reaction to traditional aggressive or quick forms of activism. Due to demand Sarah set up the global and award-winning Craftivist Collective in 2009 which now has thousands of supporters across the world taking part in her craftivism projects. Corbett is one of the leading spokespeople in the craftivism movement (with media across the world including French TV & Italian TV) contributing to books and regularly gives talks & lectures around the world including Bauhaus University and Beckmans in Stockholm.

    Sarah works with art institutions such as V&A & Tate as well as a consultant for charities such as Save the Children & Unicef. She has collaborated with cult jewellers Tatty Devine & Secret Cinema amongst others. Sarah also sells products & exhibits her own craftivism work around the world. Her book “A Little Book of Craftivism’” was released October 2013. Her book “How To Be A Craftivist: the art of gentle protest” was released October 2017.

  • Andy Goodman
    The Goodman Center

    Andy Goodman is co-founder and director of The Goodman Center, which teaches communications and marketing professionals how to reach more people with more impact. Along with Storytelling as Best Practice, he is author of Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes. He also publishes a monthly journal, free-range thinking, to share best practices in the field of public interest communications.

    Andy is internationally known for his speeches and workshops on storytelling and has led over 500 trainings for clients including CARE, The Nature Conservancy, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, NOAA, the San Diego Zoo, MIT, Princeton, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, GE, Bank of America, and many others.

    He has designed communications curriculum for the College for Social Innovation in Boston as well as for the African Leadership University in Mauritius. When not teaching, traveling, or recovering from teaching and traveling, Andy serves on the board of directors of Imagine LA, a nonprofit working to end family homelessness in Los Angeles.

  • Tania Mejia
    Jolt

    Tania Mejia is Communication Director at Jolt, a Texas-based nonprofit working to increase Latino civic engagement. Tania oversees earned media and digital strategies to spur young people to action.

    Previously, Tania worked as State Deputy Digital Director for Hillary for America in Florida. Tania helped build the state’s digital team and oversaw the SMS program, reaching almost 3,000 million voters. She also managed a digital organizing training program for 700 field organizers.

    In 2015, Tania served as Deputy Press Secretary for the U.S. General Services Administration. In this role, Tania was responsible for developing and executing communications strategies for the agency’s technology portfolio. She was also responsible for managing the agency’s digital communications program.

    Prior to joining the U.S. General Services, Tania served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor. She helped plan and execute communications campaigns to support White House priorities including raising the minimum wage, modernizing overtime pay rules and promoting paid leave in the workplace. She also served as on-the-record spokesperson for paid leave and LGBT labor issues for national news outlets.

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We are forever grateful to our sponsors and their continued commitment to frank and public interest communications.

  • Al and Nancy Burnett Charitable Foundation
  • The Joy McCann Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Karel Endowment for Public Interest Communications
  • UF College of Journalism and Communications.
  • Visit Gainesville

Please contact frank@jou.ufl.edu for information on becoming a sponsor.